MELBOURNE, Fla. – A motorcyclist receiving treatment at the hospital for injuries from a road-rage incident recognized the person who intentionally hit him who was also at the hospital for an unrelated reason, according to officials with the Melbourne Police Department.
The victim told police he was on his motorcycle on Friday at 4:14 a.m. at Brevard Drive and South Babcock Street when the driver of a Brown Kia four-door vehicle, later identified as Alandra Ramirez, 21, started arguing with him. The road-rage incident continued throughout the city of Melbourne, according to the arrest report. At 14 South Babcock Street, Ramirez sped up and intentionally hit the rear of the victim's motorcycle. The Kia hit the bike hard enough that the bumper was lodged in the rear tire of the motorcycle, police said. The victim said Ramirez fled the scene.
The victim was knocked off his motorcycle, injuring his stomach, left hand and face. Police said while the victim was at the hospital later that day, he recognized another patient as Ramirez, the woman he said hit him. She was there receiving treatment for an unrelated incident, according to the report.
Witnesses and physical evidence also led police to believe Ramirez was the driver.
Ramirez was arrested Friday and is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. She is in the Brevard County Jail Complex held on a $15,000 bail, jail records show.
Melbourne police said later Friday that Ramirez's vehicle had been involved in a second hit-and run incident near the intersection of Fountain and Aldrin streets shortly after the crash involving the motorcyclist.
When police arrived to investigate, they determined that a man was driving the vehicle when the second crash took place. The man fled before police made it to the scene, according to the department.
Around 7:45 a.m., hours after the second crash took place, officers said they responded to the area of Audubon Drive about a disturbance. While there, police encountered 29-year-old Jamal Williams, who they later determined to be the driver in the second hit-and-run crash.
Williams was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a crash, police said.